BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH JULY 2019-A former KTN news anchor Esther Arunga who pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder has been handed a 10-month jail term but was immediately freed on parole.
Arunga was convicted by Queensland court on Thursday in a case that has dragged on for years.The former journalist is accused of misleading the police after her three-year-old son Sinclair Timberlake died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen. She admitted that she lied in order to protect her husband, Quincy Timberlake.Arunga’s husband Quincy Timberlake is accused of killing the couple’s three-year-old son, Sinclair.
Australian Associated Press quoted Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle saying Arunga called emergency services and told them that the boy had fallen down the stairs. But an autopsy revealed Sinclair died “as a result of a severe blunt force such as punching or stamping or similar” and his injuries were inconsistent with a fall.It wasn’t until Timberlake was involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility that Arunga changed her statement. She told police that she went to the bathroom on the night of June 17, 2014 to find Quincy hitting Sinclair in the stomach before throwing the boy against the wall.Mr Boyle said although Arunga did not interfere with evidence, her inaccurate account delayed investigations and her husband’s arrest. Arunga’s lawyer, Katarina Prskalo, said her client believed her husband was mentally unwell.